Kenyan manufacturers have been banned from exporting the N95 AND 3 ply surgical masks amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
It's Illegal to export this product from Kenya due to Coronavirus outbreak
Kenyan firms banned from exporting this due to Coronavirus
According to Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) banned the export of the masks to ensure that the country has enough stock as part of its emergency plan.
Kensa chief executive officer Dr Jonah Manjari said the government had placed orders for emergency materials and medicine that the country would require in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak.
“Kemsa has been given the types (of masks) to procure, the protective gear, and a number of beds to procure, and medicines to treat symptomatic conditions," Dr Manjari stated.
Uhuru's executive order
"... these are products to treat fever, pneumonia and oxygen-for those who require to be put in ICU,” he continued.
Dr Manjari stated that on Monday they procured two million masks since local manufacturers have the capacity to supply the order.
He further stated that there was a manufacturer that produces 130,000 units per day.
Last week President Uhuru Kenyatta issued an executive order indicating that the government will set up a 22-member emergency committee.
The task force is spearheading preparation of national, county and private isolation and treatment facilities, as well as marshalling local and international human resources.
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